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Yesterday's Sandwich Hardcover – January 16, 2007

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'surreal tableaux in which scenes of everyday Russian life collide with strange landscapes and glamorous images of naked women. At times they seem like the fantastical outpourings of a fevered mind; at others [...], they make a sharp political point.' Metro 'Each image is made of several slides superimposed to form the 'visual sandwich'. The results are fascinating, varying from the surreal and the disturbing to the beautiful and the sublime. ... [an] excellent publication' Amateur Photographer

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Boris Mikhailov (b.1938) lived in his hometown of Kharkov in the Ukraine until the collapse of the USSR. Trained as an engineer, he worked in a factory until 1968, when he was forced to quit his job and he became a photographer. His work has been exhibited in major museums worldwide, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York in 1993, the Kunsthalle in Zurich in 1996, and more recently the Fotomuseum in Winterthur, which organized a retrospective show of his work in 2003. Boris Mikhailov now lives in Berlin.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Phaidon Press (January 16, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0714846368
  • ISBN-13: 978-0714846361
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 1.5 x 13.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,536,607 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Nenad Amodaj on October 20, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This is not a conventional photo-book, both in the sense of its content and its physical appearance. The book consists of 55 full-bleed, unbound plates, printed on a relatively thick board. Plates are stacked together in the gray cardboard folder and accompanied by a relatively short but fascinating pamphlet by the author, printed on a separate piece of paper.

Boris Mikhailov creates his unusual and striking surrealistic prints by making transparency "sandwiches" of multiple 35mm color slides. Of course, this technique of creating composites has been used before, but recently almost forgotten with the advance of digital darkroom techniques. However, obvious limitations of the simple slide sandwich technique appear to be its strength, in the hands of the master. Paradoxically enough, almost infinite possibilities of image compositing with Photoshop lead to flood of works of limited integrity and limited imagination. But, the fact that in this case artist's only tool was shooting slides on film and subsequent selection and pairing of slides in a sandwich, led to some amazing images, which in the true surrealistic spirit appear to be spontaneous discoveries rather than premeditated constructs.

You may be disappointed at first by how unassuming and humble this book looks and feels. Color plates are matte and have this yellowish cast reminiscent of old color transparency films. But, this look is true to the spirit and content of this work. Although this is definitely not a documentary work, images bring the visual flavor and color of life in a past era in USSR, behind the Iron Curtain (1960-1970).
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful By jotacea72 on July 26, 2011
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